HSD Research Support Centre


HSD Research Centre Team
(l to r) Emma Stuart is the administrative officer, Ally Poniedzielnik was the pre-grant administrative assistant, Jasmine Desjardins is the research coordinator, Charlotte Loppie is the Associate Dean Research, Heather Cumming was the post-grant administrative assistant.

The HSD Research Support Centre—the only faculty-based research support service of its kind at UVic—will tell you that every funded study involves a complex series of steps to manage the process, from application to fund administration to reporting back to funding agencies. Given the community-based focus of much of HSD’s research, many initiatives involve more than one researcher, faculty, school, research centre, or community partner.

Read the HSD Strategic Research Plan.

Do you have questions about how to design a Research Poster? Read our tips

Our latest workshop (with Dr. Marilou Gagnon, Dr. Francis Lau, and Dr. Nathan Lachowsky) is now online. Watch Sharing of Minds Grant Writing Workshop for Early Career Researchers. You'll learn about grant proposal writing and strategies to getting your program of research funded.

Dr. Debra Sheets talks about her research in our latest Research Circle video. Debra's research explores opportunities for persons living with dementia and their caregivers to interact in the arts and their communities. 

Dr. Doris Kakuru is interviewed regarding her work in Uganda with young women. Her research takes on a social justice perspective and is centered on various issues affecting children and youth in families and communities. Annah Kamusiime, Doris' research partner, also speaks about their work.

Check out the HSD Research Circle and watch Dr. Charlotte Loppie interview various HSD professors and research assistants. Video interviews are added regularly.

Watch a workshop, Inside the Minds of Grant Reviewers and Grant Recipients, to learn more about the grant process. Dr. Nathan Lachowsky explores the tips and tricks of appealing to grant reviewers. Dr. Tamara Krawchenko delves into the pitfalls in grant applications and discusses reviewers' pet peeves. Dr. Kate Jongbloed reveals her experience as a grant applicant and what lessons she learned.

We help HSD researchers at all career levels by providing:

  1. Peer review and research mentorship
  2. Information sessions
  3. Workshops and seminars
  4. New faculty and post-doctoral orientation sessions

Some of the supports we provide to busy researchers include:

  1. Supporting research excellence and accountability through pre- and post-grant services. These services include assisting with grant applications, completing budgets, updating online CCVs, processing paperwork for hiring Research Assistants, submitting expense claims, and helping with other grant management paperwork. 
  2. Building research capacity by mentoring and supporting faculty members.
  3. Building a culture of research excellence across all schools.
  4. Establishing strong academic leadership.

Contact us to find out more about how we can support HSD faculty in research excellence.


TITLE: Research Assistant, Graduate level

SALARY: $26.08/hr plus 4% vacation for up to 6-8 hours per week between July 2022 and December 2022; scoping review to be completed by September 30, 2022.

Description & Project Tile: Parent-Infant Sleep Ecology Study

We are looking for a research assistant at the graduate level to conduct a scoping review and to set up an online survey that will examine parental division of infant care during the day and nighttime, parental-infant sleep characteristics, and parental psychosocial outcomes (mental health, relationship satisfaction). The research assistant will be supervised by Dr. Christine Ou at the School of Nursing.

Who are we looking for:

We are looking for a candidate with research training that is interested in supporting research on the health and well-being of families with young children. This work can be carried out remotely.

Research Trainee Job Description Duties & Responsibilities

The Research Assistant position will primarily assist with two studies (a scoping review and an online survey study). They will:

  • Perform scoping review data extraction, quality appraisal, and synthesis,
  • Assist with ethics application,
  • Prepare and manage online survey on REDCap platform with assistance from UVic Research Computing Services,
  • Assist with participant recruitment through social media (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) and liaising with community organizations that support parents,
  • Participate in the development of writing up the findings such as reports and publications, and
  • Attend team meetings and assist with administrative support as required.


  • Graduate student (MA or PhD) in a relevant discipline (UVic student preferred),
  • Willingness to learn to learn and use new software and programs (e.g., REDCap, Covidence, Canva) to support research activities,
  • Must have good communication and organizational skill, attention to detail, and ability to problem-solve,
  • Strong writing skills for contributing to the development of manuscripts for publication, and
  • Able to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks effectively.

Please submit application to christineou@uvic.ca including:

  • A cover letter and resume describing your experience and interest in the position.

We will start reviewing applications on July 15, 2022, but the posting will remain open until filled.

Download a PDF version of this job posting.

Contact Us

Dr. Hokulani Aikau, Acting Associate Dean Research

Kathy Jang, Assistant to the Associate Dean

Emma Stuart, Administrative Officer
| 250-721-7048

Jasmine Desjardins, Research Coordinator
| 250-721-6468

Jean Dickson, Administrative Assistant (pre/post-grant)
 |  | 250-721-7049

Twitter @HSDResearch

HSD Research Support Centre
Human & Social Development Bldg. - Room B241
University of Victoria
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2